Editors note: In the summer of 2018 CTC convened a group of Binghampton neighbors who were passionate about seeing development without displacement in their neighborhood. The Binghampton Community Land Trust was incorporated in August of 2018. Here Joni Laney, long-time resident of Binghampton, President of the Binghampton Community Land Trust and CTC Board Member, shares the story of the land trust and invites you to help this dream become a reality through a video contest!
In 2017 the Memphis Medical District Collaborative (MMDC) contracted with Center for Transforming Communities (CTC) to lead community engagement efforts in an area of the Medical District north of Poplar Avenue, between Danny Thomas Blvd and I-240. This area is a patchwork of old residential, commercial, and industrial neighborhoods bisected by I-40 and has been, historically, defined by the Dixie Homes public housing project. Today, it is a low-income inner-city neighborhood
Today, I received a commitment card in the mail! It completely surprised me. I am accustomed to handing these out at Center for Transforming Communities (CTC) events, but I am not used to being given one and invited to think deeply about the commitment that a conference, speaker, or community gathering has inspired in me. In April 2018, I attended the Equity Summit hosted by Policy Link in Chicago with about 50 other people from Memphis. Over 4,000 people from around the co